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Darling Cinsault

Natte Valleij, Darling Cinsault 2017

R250

20 in stock

Notes

The historical Natte Valleij Farm situated at the foot of the Simonsberg is not a new cellar, it’s just been resting for the last 50 years.

Winemaker Alexander Milner strives to make wine with minimal interference and pretence, merely guiding beautiful grapes into character full wines -preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle.

The Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective is a culmination of my explorations of The Cape Winelands. Seeking out forgotten patches of old dryland bush vine Cinsault that they felt would offer exceptional quality and interest. These old vines have always fascinated them by their dogged persistence to exist. Using sympathetic winemaking practise they hope these wines speak louder than words in expressing the dynamic Cape.

Tasting notes:
'From vines planted in 1978. Partial whole-bunch fermentation. Iodine and black-cherry fruit. Glossy and smooth with beautiful savoury complexity and a lovely long, fragrant, peppery finish.' – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20

'Sourced from a vineyard that’s right next to Duncan Savage’s Follow the Line, planted on granite soils in 1978, this unoaked, violet-scented red is my pick of the four Cinsault Collective bottlings in 2017. Rose petal and violet aromas segue into a grippy, layered palate. 2019-27' – Tim Atkin SA Report 2018, 94/100

Winemakers notes:
'These bush vines must be the most isolated block in our collective. Planted on a lonely hill surrounded by wheat fields and too many gates to remember, this block stands very alone. Planted in 1978 (they think) on Malmesbury formation with strong influences of decomposed granite. The cycle form Natte Valleij to the West Coast is certainly for the intrepid. 165km of fairly unforgiving terrain especially in the summer months. Spending many holidays on the West Coast this route became second nature. After puncturing on one such trip, I was met by a local, we had a long chat and of course ventured to the topic of Cinsault. His characterful arm raised and pointed to this hill.' – Alexander Milner

The historical Natte Valleij Farm situated at the foot of the Simonsberg is not a new cellar, it’s just been resting for the last 50 years.

Winemaker Alexander Milner strives to make wine with minimal interference and pretence, merely guiding beautiful grapes into character full wines -preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle.

The Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective is a culmination of my explorations of The Cape Winelands. Seeking out forgotten patches of old dryland bush vine Cinsault that they felt would offer exceptional quality and interest. These old vines have always fascinated them by their dogged persistence to exist. Using sympathetic winemaking practise they hope these wines speak louder than words in expressing the dynamic Cape.

Tasting notes:
'From vines planted in 1978. Partial whole-bunch fermentation. Iodine and black-cherry fruit. Glossy and smooth with beautiful savoury complexity and a lovely long, fragrant, peppery finish.' – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20

'Sourced from a vineyard that’s right next to Duncan Savage’s Follow the Line, planted on granite soils in 1978, this unoaked, violet-scented red is my pick of the four Cinsault Collective bottlings in 2017. Rose petal and violet aromas segue into a grippy, layered palate. 2019-27' – Tim Atkin SA Report 2018, 94/100

Winemakers notes:
'These bush vines must be the most isolated block in our collective. Planted on a lonely hill surrounded by wheat fields and too many gates to remember, this block stands very alone. Planted in 1978 (they think) on Malmesbury formation with strong influences of decomposed granite. The cycle form Natte Valleij to the West Coast is certainly for the intrepid. 165km of fairly unforgiving terrain especially in the summer months. Spending many holidays on the West Coast this route became second nature. After puncturing on one such trip, I was met by a local, we had a long chat and of course ventured to the topic of Cinsault. His characterful arm raised and pointed to this hill.' – Alexander Milner

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JR.com 17.5

Country

ZA

Region

Darling

Style

Red

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